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20% Believe Economy is Getting Better, 62% Say Worse

The Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures the economic confidence of consumers on a daily basis, slipped two points on Monday to 68.9. Today's index is just over one point higher than the lowest level measured in two years. The Consumer Index down four points from its level a week ago, down five points from a month ago and is down 14 points from three months ago.

Just 20% of consumers nationwide say U.S. economic conditions are getting better while 61% say they are getting worse.

The Rasmussen Investor Index rose two points on Monday to 82.4. Investor confidence is up five points from a week ago and is up half-a-point from a month ago, but it is down eight points from three months ago.

Among investors, 27% say the economy is improving while 56% say conditions are getting worse.

The Rasmussen Consumer Index and Investor Indexes are derived from nightly telephone surveys of 500 adults and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The baseline for the Index was established at 100.0 in October 2001.  Readings above 100.0 indicate that confidence is higher than in the baseline month. Detailed supplemental information is available for Platinum Members.

Historical data for the Consumer and Investor indexes as well as attitudes about the economy and personal finances are also available to Platinum Members.

The Rasmussen Consumer Index reached its highest level ever at 127.0 on January 6, 2004. The all-time low was reached on March 10, 2009 at 54.7.

The Rasmussen Investor Index reached its highest level ever at 150.9 on January 7, 2004. The lowest level ever measured was 52.5 on March 9, 2009.

The baseline for the Rasmussen Consumer Index was established at 100.0 in October 2001. At 68.9 , overall levels of economic confidence are significantly lower today than they were in the aftermath of the 9-11terrorist attack.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.  We poll on a variety of topics in the fields of politics, business and lifestyle, updating our site’s content on a news cycle throughout the day, everyday.

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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

The current Index data is from a national telephone survey of 1,500 adults conducted by Rasmussen Reports over the past three nights. The margin of sampling error for each individual question in the survey is +/- 2.6 percentage points, with a 95% level of confidence. This survey is part of a larger series of data used to compile the Rasmussen Index on a daily basis.

Rasmussen Consumer Index: Daily Readings

18-Jul

MO

68.9

17-Jul

SU

70.5

16-Jul

SA

68.7

15-Jul

FR

69.4

14-Jul

TH

67.8

13-Jul

WE

70.7

12-Jul

TU

72.7

11-Jul

MO

72.5

10-Jul

SU

70.9

9-Jul

SA

68.6

8-Jul

FR

71.2

7-Jul

TH

71.7

6-Jul

WE

69.9

No Polling

No Polling

3-Jul

SU

69.8

2-Jul

SA

70.9

1-Jul

FR

74.8

Rasmussen Consumer Index:
Full month recent history

Jun-11

76.8

May-11

80.9

Apr-11

76.7

Mar-11

78.5

Feb-11

84.5

Jan-11

88.3

Dec-10

81.7

Nov-10

84.9

Oct-10

81.8

Sep-10

75.7

Aug-10

75.6

Jul-10

76.0

Jun-10

80.6

May-10

84.1

Apr-10

82.2

Full-Month History for 2008

Consumer Index Highs and Lows

High

Low

2011

93.3

67.8

2010

91.1

69.7

2009

83.5

54.7

2008

99.5

56.7

2007

121.9

91.5

2006

124.0

99.3

2005

121.2

95.4

2004

127.0

104.6

2003

123.2

83.2

2002

124.3

95.5

Investor Index Highs and Lows

High

Low

2011

105.8

71.5

2010

105.4

75.8

2009

95.5

52.5

2008

113.2

58.5

2007

150.0

107.6

2006

148.2

120.9

2005

145.0

111.8

2004

150.9

123.6

2003

150.3

91.1

2002

143.9

105.2

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